Who's in your Wine Club?
We're into drinking wine with our friends...
There are of course the Wine Clubs you join where you are sent fabulous wines frequently. Like ours here (shameless self-promotion). But what we want to talk about today is the casual get togethers with friends for the purpose of drinking wine. Not down the pub, second wine on the list, four glasses thanks... but actually making a point of bringing a good bottle and having a bit of chat about the wine whilst solving the world's problems and being generally hilarious etc.
We make a point of doing this weekly (in reality fortnightly) with our friends and it's SO.MUCH.FUN. There's a Lawyer in the group so there is an entire archive of rules which are amended weekly which I won't go in to, our general plan is this:
1) A specific variety from a specific region is nominated
This usually occurs via work email earlier in the week i.e. Coonawarra Cab Sav.
2) Everyone brings their bottle in a paper bag and takes the lid off themselves
Krispy Kreme bags that you borrowed from the 7-Eleven on the way are perfectly acceptable just as long as nobody can see the wine label.
3) The host pours a taste of each wine for each person
This can be tricky - you need lots of glasses but having the wines side by side to see, smell and taste is important. If you can't do this then pour very small amounts otherwise nobody is concentrating by the third wine.
4) We try not to talk about the wine for a few minutes at the start whilst we look, smell, taste and list them from favourite to least favourite
This is the only remotely serious part but it's quite important, otherwise someone says 'liquorice' and all you can smell is liquorice in all of the wines.
5) We tally our votes and the winner is announced
6) The host says which wine is from which bottle and everyone declares which is theirs
7) General shenanigans
The best part is that people always vote for different wines. Of course the wines have all been scored by various 'wine critics' but there seems to be little correlation between the 97 point wine winning and the 93 point wine not winning. It's awesome and just reinforces the fact that your opinion and whether you personally like a wine or not is truly the most important thing.
Here are the results of our Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Club:
1st Majella 2009
This is mouth-watering. The whole table just goes mmmmmm when they taste this Majella goodness.
2nd Balnaves 2010
A dark horse. Dark and delicious. An awesome surprise too.
Equal 3rd = Yalumba Menzies 2006 and St Hugo 2012
The age difference between the Menzies and the rest of the crowd really stood out. It's fantastic when someone brings a bottle of something they've been holding on to. A good friend!
And most recently we all brought a bottle of Margaret River Chardonnay along. This was really interesting and showed us how different people really do prefer different types of Chardonnay.
An absolute standout, the winner was the Stella Bella Chardonnay 2010. This is going to be our wine of the summer. Ridiculously good value too. Second and third was the Voyager Chardonnay from 2009 and 2005 respectively. For the first time we had the same wine from different vintages, this is the beauty of a Wine Club where we really truly don't cheat and tell each other what we're bringing!! And third was the Devil's Lair 2012 Chardonnay which was probably served a bit cold and really improved as we were all chatting away.
So... if you're getting together and drinking wine with your friends, we totally recommend the Majella and the Stella Bella. Oh, and that you get the fearless leader of your group to nominate a specific wine and try the blind tasting thing. It is really very very good fun.
Mr and Mrs WP